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Accused Sun City hoarder makes initial court appearance

Reported by: Denise Rosch
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Updated: 10/15/2012 4:45 pm
A man accused of creating a public nuisance in his Sun City Summerlin neighborhood is being told to stay away from his home. Kenneth Epstein, 55, made a brief court appearance this morning in what city leaders call an extreme case of hoarding. Epstein was in custody all weekend. News 3's Denise Rosch has this report.

LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) --
Bail has been set at $15,000 for a local man accused of hoarding.

Kenneth Epstein appeared before a Las Vegas municipal judge via video screen this morning.

He was arrested this past week after family members worried he would return to his Sun City Summerlin home during the fumigation process.

He's been charged with six misdemeanor counts -- including creating a public nuisance -- and violating the city's fire code.

It took the city eight days to clear out the home that was stuffed floor to ceiling. A total of 55 cats, 15 of them dead, also were found inside. The house has been declared a health hazard.

The judge also ordered Epstein to stay 100 feet away from the home and not keep any pets.
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